Artist and Facebook Friend Satyajit Chanda
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We introduce to you an artist with great drive and determination. Satyajit’s passion for his work comes from his journey of life and shows the emotion of his inner self and the experiences from day to day living.
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River Scape watercolour 20″ x 30″
My days in Kolkata were filled with frequent visits to Cowsheds, Stables, lakes , small hamlets which were easily accessible, to develop & enhance the multitude of colours, & develop my own skills & idea of colours in nature. In this way I wanted to capture the palette of I was inspired by the paintings of Monet, Manet, Pissaro. Later I was influenced by Coconut trees which were a feature of the coastal landscape of West bengal & Mumbai, Maharashtra, especially Naigaon, where I live. They were a continuous & integral part throughout my life. In these watercolours I depict the sun rays passing through the Coconut leaves & splitting into different hues of the spectrum, just like the dispersion of white light when it passes though a Prism.
Since childhood, I was very interested in making toys using clay and drawing with a pencil on paper. My painting and drawing style was quite mature like a seasoned artist, as people would say. My mother was my mentor and greatest pillar of support. Also, my neighbor and art teacher, Gurupada Sarkar -a skilled sculptor, inspired ,taught and guided me to become an artist. He provided me with art materials, knowledge about art history for which I am indebted to him. My father, relatives and friends also encouraged me.
Mumbai lifestyle was a contrast to my environment in Kolkata, although a thread passed through my artworks maintaining a continuity in thought. Here I explored and enhanced my etching, lithography and serigraphy skills. I was also captivated by the urban consumerist lifestyle of the city-the shopping malls and complexes, vivid window displays, mannequins. Both, the perils and joys of modern urban living are depicted in my art works.
I continued with my etching, lithography and serigraphy (print making) as well as paintings. Later, I moved to Mumbai in search of better opportunities, as it has a fertile platform for Arts and culture.
My childhood time watercolour 12″ x 18″
Garia Cowshed watercolour 8″ x 20″
Mother and Child Relation watercolour 20″ x 10″
Afternoon watercolour 30″ x 20″
River Side watercolour 30″ x 20″
River Side 2 watercolour 30″ x 20″
Cow Shed watercolour 30″ x 20″
Coconut Tree watercolour 20″ x 30″
Bank of River watercolour 20″ x 30″
Nature is incomplete without her divine creation . The simplicity and ease which animals display in their living shows they have accepted nature as their true and only home.
Bull symbolizes me raw power and aggression which has always motivated me in the difficult journey of life .Though nature has gifted this powerful creature with immerse strength, but its innocence creates aggression which can be easily manipulated. Humans have always tried to manipulate and use the life giving strength of nature to their own needs. The aggression of the bull inspires me fight against which is wrong to protect my innocence.
Bull 30″ x 20″ Charcoal on paper
Horse has always attracted me by their power and grace. Their unique nature and structure have always fascinated the minds of great artists. All great artists have been obsessed with this creature at least once in their lifetime. During my early college year s i was very lucky to have a horse stable next to my college .After my college I used to spend time there mesmerized by their structure, movement and beauty. Horse has been my source of creative energy and emotion which drive my work towards love and freedom.
Horse 8″ x 6″ mixed media
Elephant is one of the animals which is very close to my heart. The calmness and coolness surrounding this mysterious creature is displayed in my work. I feel the modesty which this animal carries is most respectable, inspite of its huge structure and highly evolved intelligence. Elephant is one of the most sacred animals in Indian culture.It is the symbol of dignity and wisdom worshiped as lord Ganesha. Through my work I have tried show my deep love and respect to this beautiful creature.
Elephant 30″ x 20″ mixed media
I, Satyajit Chandra Chanda , was born in 1974 have done B.V.A in painting from Govt College of Art and Craft, Kolkata in 1998 and M.F.A in Graphics from M.S.University ,Baroda in 2000.There after, I was granted a scholarship from Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad in 2000 and was a Faculty member there. At the same time I have worked as a visiting Faculty at C.E.P.T campus, Ahmedabad.
I was awarded Junior Fellowship from Ministry of Human Resources Govt. of India and Lalit Kala Academy Gujarat, Bombay Art Society Award. My solo Exhibitions have been held at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, D D Neroy Art Gallery, Mumbai, AKS Art Gallery, Andheri Mumbai, Ruchika Art Gallery, Goa. I have also exhibited in a group show at Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangahalay, Prince of Wales Museum, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal. Shimeesha Art Show, Baroda, Roots of Bengal, Mahua Art Gallery, Bangalore, and other locations such as Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Kolkata. I have also participated in Annual Exhibitions held at Birla Academy and Academy of fine arts, Kolkata, Bombay Art Society, Mumbai, Gujarat Lalit Kala Academy, Indian Art Exhibition State Level, Ahmedabad, Delhi Lalit Kala Academy.
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